End-of-Program Outcomes for the Baccalaureate Nursing Program

End of-Program Outcomes for the Baccalaureate Nursing Program

Patient safety is a key element of nursing care in order to promote quality services which are provided in adherence with global health standards. Nurses are constantly involved in caring for the patients and ensuring that their stay in hospital is comfortable and aimed at restoring total well-being. In providing quality nursing care, professionalism is upheld and, as a nurse, I have incorporated communication principles during my practice sessions, while conducting the clinical rounds. As a nurse, additionally, I strived to foster good relationships between the patients and the patients’ physician by finding out the relevant information from the patient and communicating it clearly to the doctor. This practice ensures that the patients’ autonomy and their right to self-determination were upheld during their treatment (Bruning & Baghurst, 2013). It is one of the essential requirements; hence, I take it seriously.

During my clinical rounds, I had the opportunity to use the updated hospital information system which contained all the relevant data on patients who were under treatment or observation. Giving an instance of the above, patients undergoing post-surgery care are easy to manage since their information and required assessments are clearly indicated in the information system. The patients are also able to call for a nurse in case they need assistance by pressing a button, which indicates on the system in the nurses’ center. The information that is available on the hospital portal is collected by questioning the patient comprehensively and recording it accurately. The maintainance of fully updated information enhances the provision of quality nursing care since it eliminates any chance for the occurrence of medical errors.

Currently, there are technological advances in the medical field, which aid patient care. For instance, in the past nurses had to rely on instinct and their senses to offer good care to the patients. However, nowadays there are equipment which have replaced the unaided senses of nurses in detecting patient changes. One such technology is pulse oximetry which indicates decreased oxygenation even before there are visible clinical signs. This allows the nurses to respond promptly diagnosing the underlying medical cause and ensuring the patient is well treated. My hope is that the government in Saudi Arabia will install such equipment in the hospital and that the services will be offered at affordable rates.

The technological improvements which were incorporated in the hospital were user-friendly and most of the patients were familiar with the technology. Using technology improves patients’ safety since it reduces errors when administering medication. During my clinical sessions, I got to use the Omnicell, which is a technology that organizes medication in word and records every single dose which is administered to the patient. The Omnicell helps to easily identify discrepancies in the administration of medication thus allowing for prompt response in case a mistake has been made. Nursing care has become more efficient with the incorporation of the new technologies which ensure that the patients receive quality care during their stay in the medical facility.

Patient-centered care is focused on the overall change in the health and well-being of the patient over a lifetime. Since the patient lives in a community of family and friends, it is important to ensure that the population’s health is also put into consideration. The community can be educated on safety, methods of avoiding new infections, and controlling prevailing ones. This will require the efforts of different professionals working as a team to promote community health and individuals’ lifestyle change. I would be glad to do my part towards ensuring the safety of patients and the community at large.

 

 

References

Bruning, P., & Baghurst, T. (2013). Improving Ethical Decision Making in Health Care Leadership. Business and Economics Journal, 04(02). doi:10.4172/2151-6219.1000e101